Cesar Adrian Escobar
1989 ~ 2014
Cesar Adrian Escobar was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1989. His family moved to Manson, WA when he was four years old, and he graduated from Manson High School in 2007. In the fall, he attended Wenatchee Valley College, and he graduated with his degree in Automotive Technology in 2011. Cesar was proud of where he came from, but he also deeply appreciated all the sacrifices his parents made for him to have a full life here in the United States. It affected his perspective and outlook on everything that he did, everything that he worked for - after several months of meetings and paperwork, Cesar received his official worker’s permit and began the process of obtaining his U.S. citizenship.
“If there was one thing that my dad taught me, it was how to work hard for what I wanted.” One of the things he wanted most was to provide security for a family with his fiancée, Bekah Helsel, and his faithfulness, diligence, and perseverance led him to a job with Salcido Connection. He made it look easy to balance going back to school for his new employment, while still working part-time and investing full-time in family relationships. After a month and a half working as a technician, Cesar was diagnosed with stage-four stomach cancer on February 20, 2014.
Cesar and Bekah’s wedding date was nine weeks away, but they decided to live fully from moment to moment. On March 4, 2014, with the first round of chemo behind them, Cesar and Bekah said their wedding vows at her parent’s home in Sunnyslope. Surrounded by immediate family, they celebrated their love, “In sickness, and in health…” Not even the doctor’s hopeless prognosis affected his cheerful spirit and strong optimism. Two days later, Cesar went home on hospice, still determined to make it back for his third round of treatment, saying, “Only God knows when my time is.”
When he arrived home from the hospital, he prayed, “I just want to give thanks, Lord, for another wonderful day.” Cesar was an active member of the worship and ministry of Living Hope Church, and he wanted everyone to know and experience God’s love. A man of few words, Cesar’s mission in life was to LIVE out his faith in Jesus. His actions reflected God’s standards, and his unconditional love for others mirrored that of his Savior.
Last Saturday evening, before falling asleep, Cesar said to Bekah, “I really wish I could go to church tomorrow.” The next morning was Resurrection Sunday, and Cesar’s prayer was answered. He was welcomed in.
Cesar is survived by his wife, Rebekah Helsel; his parents, Florentino and Rosa Escobar; and his two sisters, Yessica and Jocelyn Escobar.
The Memorial Service to celebrate and remember his life will be at the Free Methodist Church in Wenatchee, on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations, in Cesar’s name, towards cancer research at http://www.cancerresearch.org. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.